Hi, my name is Miss Higgins and I am the Reading Lead at Moston Lane Primary School. I love reading and have a degree in English Literature. I enjoy helping children on their reading journey and seeing the delight in their eyes as they read and talk about their favourite books. Our children have a passion for reading and enjoy reading anytime, anywhere. A good book can really help you to relax, as well as take you on a magical journey!
“I am happy when I read.” Gabrielius “I like learning new things and going on adventures with the characters.” Finley “I like reading. It inspires me.” Khalid. “It teaches me a lot of new words.” Harvey.
At Moston Lane Primary School we aim to provide a rich cultural, emotional and diverse reading curriculum. We strive to ensure that all pupils learn to read regardless of their background, needs or abilities. All pupils are immersed in a wealth of books from different genres, authors and cultures. We provide a wide range of novel types for children to learn from and enjoy. At the heart of our reading curriculum is children’s enjoyment of reading. We aim to create an engaging and fun learning environment with reading at the centre of it.
At Moston Lane, we adopt a collaborative approach to the teaching of reading to ensure all needs are catered for and met. Guided, partner and independent work are at the heart of delivering our reading curriculum. Reading is taught explicitly for an hour a day as well as throughout the curriculum. A ‘love of reading’ is fostered in school to ensure all children have opportunities to read for pleasure. Novel time ensures pupils have access to age appropriate texts across a wide range of genres. This daily time also allows children to deepen their word vocabulary as well as take part in discussions with peers over texts. Engaging reading areas and independent reading time also allows pupils time to read books of their choosing.
Phonics is taught daily from Nursery to Year 2 for 15 minutes using the 'Read, Write, Inc.' programme.
Read Write Inc.
At Moston lane the Read Write Inc. programme is employed in EYFS and KS1 to ensure our children have a quick and effective start to their reading curriculum. It has a strong emphasis on word reading and reading speedily with fluency and expression. The Read Write Inc. programme ensures pupils can;
- Decode letter-sound correspondences quickly and effortlessly, using their phonic knowledge and skills
- Read common exception words on sight
- Understand what they have read
- Read aloud with fluency and expression
Pupils read books that are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and common exception words. This is so that, early on, they experience success and gain confidence in their reading. Re-reading and discussing these books with the teacher supports their fluency in reading. Alongside this the teachers read a wide range of stories, poetry and non-fiction to pupils to ensure fluidity and expression in reading is learnt. Children will also take home a reading book matched to their phonics level to share with parents and ensure further practice.
The Read Write Inc. programme is also used in KS2 for any pupils who need to catch up rapidly in their reading. Fresh Start is the intervention used in Years 5/6 for pupils to catch up.
The school has a supportive ethos and our approach enables the children to develop their collaborative and independent skills, as well as ensure progression. It ensures that pupils are familiar with and enjoy listening to a wide range of stories, poems and non-fiction. The children’s progress in reading and phonics is assessed formatively on a day to day basis, as well as summatively every term. Regular assessment of reading and phonics skills allows for any child in need of intervention to receive it and catch up quickly. Assessments currently employed to ensure progression are;
- range of summative tests, including NFER 100 score tests
- Hodder test (intervention work)
- Rigorous phonics assessments
Our reading curriculum and assessment is built to ensure all pupils make good progress to meet or exceed age-related expectations and have an enriched cultural capital.
You can learn more about the 'Read, Write, Inc.' programme by clicking the link below.
Please follow the link to view the reading policy:
Below is the 'Progression of Skill & Knowledge map' which outlines the activities and skills that will be taught throughout the year.
Here you can find the 'Age Related Expectations' for each year group, which outlines what skills a child should be able to do at the end of each year. Children will be assessed against these expectations to see what they have achieved, and what they need to work on next.
Please follow the links to find out more about the expectations for your child:
Reading at Home
Watch the video below to get tips on how to read with your child at home. Remember to help them with sounding out and ask them questions about what they have read.
Our Favourite Books!
"I like 'The Day the Crayons Quit' because it's a funny story. I would like to read 'The Day the Crayons came Home' next." Peaches - Year 2.
"I like this book because it is funny. I like to read books about animals." Thomas - Year 4.
"This is my favourite book because it makes me laugh and it's full of disasters. I'd like to read more books by Rachel Renee Russell." Chikae - Year 5.
"I like this story because it's about dinosaurs and it's funny." Lilly-Jean - Year 1.
Our Year 2 classes got the opportunity to join an online workshop with poet and author, Joseph Coelho.
He told us how he got in to writing poetry, read some of his poems to us and told us all about his storybook where a girl finds her voice through writing.
We enjoyed the workshop so much that we even had a go at writing our own alliterative silly sentences to create a class poem!
World Book Day 2022
We had lots of fun dressing up as our favourite book characters on World Book Day! We also completed lots of reading activities, including partner reading.
Watch our videos below where we talk about our favourite books and why we enjoy reading them!
To celebrate the start of World Book Day, EYFS and Key Stage 1 joined a zoom with author Kristina Stephenson. We loved how interactive it was and we couldn't wait to read the rest of 'The Museum of Marvellous Things'.
We also learnt just how important it was to always use our imagination as they are often filled with magic!
Author Zoom with Konnie Huq
Our Year 4 classes had the amazing opportunity to join a Zoom workshop with Konnie Huq.
Konnie talked to us about how she got in to writing and we even had a go at drawing our own illustrations!
Black History Month 2021
To celebrate Black History Month, lots of classes have taken part in author zooms. We learnt how the authors were inspired to start writing, what their favourite book is, and even that some of their books have been translated into many different languages!
This month we have celebrated Black History Month with:
- Mayowa Precious Agbabiaka
- Ifeoma Onyeful
World Mental Health Day 2021
To celebrate World Mental Health Day, our KS1 children took part in an online workshop with the fantastic Tom Percival. They discussed how reading can help us when we are feeling sad, angry or worried and the whole school took part in 'Take 10 to Read'.